Her lawyers argue that the state’s homicide law does not apply to pregnant women, a position backed by California’s attorney general.
Prosecutors say the case is about stopping a woman who has repeatedly abused narcotics while pregnant, resulting in two other babies who tested positive for meth at birth.
In September 2019, Becker gave birth in Hanford to a stillborn child. The coroner’s report listed toxic levels of meth as the cause of death, but one of Becker’s attorneys, Dan Arshack, said the pathologist never reviewed her medical record, which included three infections that could have caused the stillbirth.
Becker had delivered three live children and had no reason to believe that meth use would cause a stillbirth, Arshack said.
Phil Esbenshade, the top assistant district attorney in Kings County, said that Becker has repeatedly endangered her children with her narcotics use. He rejects the idea that the law does not apply to Becker.